Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

Regional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. Washoe County manages over 12,000 acres including over 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and so much more! If you have a favorite outdoor activity, chances are it can be done in a Washoe County Park!


Highlights & Current Events

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Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

January 3 - April 26, 2015
Wilbur D. May Museum
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

Eeewwwww, gross! Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, and smelly gunk in GROSSOLOGY. This all-ages science-in-disguise exhibition uses animatronics and imaginative games to tell you the good, the bad, and the downright ugly about the human body! Find out more on the May Museum page.


gardening stock photoGardening in Nevada Programs

February 3 - March 31, 2015
Western Heritage Interpretive Center
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

University of Nevada's Cooperative Extension teams up with Washoe County Parks to offer free gardening programs each Tuesday evening from 6:00pm to approximately 8:00pm. All classes are free! View a complete schedule of classes here, or call Wendy Hansen-Mazet with questions at (775) 784-4848.


Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild Demonstrations & Historic Huffaker School Open HouseHistoric Huffaker School House

Select Saturdays throughout 2015
Historic Huffaker School House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

The Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are a group of local craft artists that promote appreciation and knowledge of fiber arts in our community through demonstration, and encourage others to take up spinning and weaving to keep the fiber arts alive. The Historic Huffaker School will be open between 9am and 3pm for viewing of live demonstrations by the Spinners and Weavers, and for self guided tours. Park Rangers will be offering guided tours of the historic school house at 1pm. Dates include Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.



Washoe County Parks is hiring!

Washoe County Parks has both full time and seasonal employment available. We are looking for two permanent, full time Recreation Coordinators. One will work specifically for the Wilbur D. May Museum located at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, and the other will manage Washoe County's Aquatic Facilities (Bowers Swimming Pool, North Vallys and Lazy 5 Splash Parks) as well as other recreation programs throughout the County. View the complete announcement here. Also be sure to check out the wide range of seasonal positions available. For more details and to apply, visit http://www.washoecounty.us/humanresources/jobopportunities.php.

Tree Removal at Washoe Golf Course

Washoe County has retained American Arborist to conduct tree pruning and removal services along Foley Way and Skyline Boulevard at Washoe Golf Course beginning February 23, 2015. Please use caution in these areas as there may be lane closures to ensure the safety of workers, golfers, and vehicular traffic. The project is anticipated to take 2-3 weeks. Click here for more information.

Construction at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Rancho's dated irrigation system is getting a facelift! The first part of the upgrade includes a new pump system, water supply, power, and a vault. As we move into what is shaping up to be another drought year these upgrades will help not only keep the turf green but also save water. As work continues, restrooms will be closed as needed and Rancho San Rafael Drive may have minimal traffic control. Please drive carefully through the work zone and make sure children stay away from the fenced area.

Bikeway Closure

On behalf of our community partner, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, we want to alert you to the temporary closure of the road from Verdi to Fleish Bridge. This section of roadway will remain closed until further noticed. In the meantime, there are alternate sections of Bikeway to explore. Visit www.tpbikeway.org for more information, or pick up a copy of Washoe County Park's Truckee Meadows Trail Guide.


Please check back often as we will continue to add events and announcements! Also "LIKE" Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for updates!